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Blast at southern Philippine city hall wounds 6

September 16, 2014

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A homemade bomb exploded outside a city hall in the southern Philippines, wounding at least six people late Tuesday, the military said.

The improvised explosive device went off at the monument of national hero Jose Rizal in front of the General Santos City hall, damaging the monument’s foundation, regional military spokesman Capt. Alberto Caber said.

At nurse at the city’s government-run hospital said a man with a shrapnel wound on the arm and a woman bruised in a fall have been treated and sent home. The emergency room nurse would not give her name. Four other wounded people have been brought to a private hospital, but its staff did not immediately give details of their condition.

General Santos, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of Manila, is a regional commercial hub and known as the center of the tuna industry in the Philippines. It’s the hometown of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, and magician David Blaine recently visited as his guest.

Police are investigating the blast and no one has claimed responsibility.

In 2007, blasts blamed on al-Qaida-linked militants hit General Santos and two other southern towns killed seven and wounded 44 other people.

The following year, a homemade bomb that ripped through a tuna canning factory killed four people and wounded 27 others. Police then investigated whether the explosion was linked to a labor dispute or an extortion attempt.

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